Sex in Science Programme

Sex in ScienceThe Sex in Science programme, a joint initiative of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI, generates discussion and raises awareness about issues traditionally facing women in science, and drives policy and practice changes to redress them.

Internationally, women are under-represented in science as career levels progress, and significant numbers of women leave science altogether to pursue other careers. The issues that cause this well-recognised "leaky pipeline" now affect not only female scientists, but increasingly men in science. In our Sex in Science Programme we explore these issues, look to inspire researchers, develop discussion and drive change in current practices and policy.

Programme overview

The Sex in Science programme, initiated in 2011 by Dr Ele Zeggini, comprises 20 members of staff from EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The programme aims to:

  • raise awareness of issues facing women (and increasingly men) in science;
  • address and challenge preconceptions;
  • inspire women and men at different stages of their scientific careers to progress to senior levels;
  • foster constructive discussion;
  • inform and drive change in current practices and policy at the institutional level;
  • explore and evaluate areas of partnership in this area with other institutes;
  • communicate relevant activities to staff and externally.

The directorates of the Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI recognise that these objectives require long-term effort, and are firmly commited to supporting this work into the future.

Learn more about the Sex in Science Programme

Watch BioBeat15

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